The Hanging Rock Iron Region

The Hanging Rock Iron Region (HMHKR)

Location: New Plymouth, OH 45654 Vinton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.927', W 82° 20.421'

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Charcoal iron production in Ohio was centered in the Hanging Rock Iron Region, a geographical area extending from Hocking County to the Ohio River and including portions of Northern Kentucky. The region encompassed an 1800 square mile area that was rich in deposits of iron ore and limestone and was covered by a forest that supplied the raw materials for charcoal. The first furnace was built in 1826 and by the 1860's, sixty-five furnaces were located in the region.

Stimulated by a need for munitions during the Civil War, the demand for iron produced by the Hanging Rock furnaces increased. After the Civil War, larger and more modern furnaces were built elsewhere, and the smaller furnaces of the Hanging Rock Iron Region could not compete. By the beginning of the 20th century, the once prosperous industry had all but disappeared.
Year Placed2005
Placed ByMake A Difference Day Ohio and Others
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 384479 N 4354489
Decimal Degrees39.33211667, -82.34035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.927', W 82° 20.421'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 55.62" N, 82° 20' 25.26" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 583 Township Hwy 7, New Plymouth OH 45654, US
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